Questions tagged [seo]

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of web content in search engines using an understanding of search engines' processes and algorithms. Also known as "natural" or "organic" search, it is distinct from paid web advertising.

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Advantages of country TLD vs. .com

I want to get a domain for my site. The site's topic would be about Vienna, but the content will be in English. I was thinking, if I should get .com domain or .at domain. .at is both much cheaper ...
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Are there any specific tips and tricks for optimizing a website for Bing?

Most available resources (even Bing community) promote the general principles for optimize a site in Google. My site is quite well optimized for a certain keyword combination in Google, yet in Bing it ...
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Absolute vs relative links for search engine crawlers and SEO

Our site's navigation links are currently in relative form: <a href="/section"> The SEO company I mentioned in my previous question recommends we change them to absolute links: <a href="...
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SEO for Dynamic website

For static websites, I always made a Sitemap.xml file and submitted it to search engines like google, bing etc. But now, I have made a website in Asp.net MVC which has 3 dynamic pages which yields ...
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Benefit of date in URL segments

I was curious about the date in URL segments, is there any SEO point of benefit? For example the following URLs: http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/18/netflix-will-launch-in-the-netherlands-later-this-...
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Do dedicated IP addresses improve SEO?

I've googled that and I've found many opinions on this subject, and I'm not sure, if, dedicated IP addresses actually really improve SEO? Is it that different from shared IP address (of 50-100 other ...
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Does Google penalize daily updated <lastmod> tags in sitemaps if the data is not daily updated?

I've got a sitemap that is generated daily with a lot of links to product pages. These products are imported daily from another data source. Because the update consists of throwing away all current ...
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SEO - Reducing significance of irrelevant kewords

I have some irrelevant keywords high up in my Google Webmasters Tools Keywords list. Unfortunately it's stuff that needs to be on the site. E.g. I'm getting words like log (from log-in), copyright, ...
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Robots denied by domain is still listed in search results

So, on all of our sites that are not search facing we've applied a robots.txt file (per How to exclude a website from real-time Google search results?, or any other similar question). However, if ...
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When the root URL of a domain doesn't have a specific site, how should visitors be directed to language folders?

My question is not technical (how to do it using X technology), it's about choosing proper approach that is good for SEO. Description Let's say I have a website example.com. It's a multilingual site,...
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Ideal word count per web page?

Are there any kind of standard word limit's based on SEO for web pages? I've read around and I've seen advice saying that pages should aim to be no more than 500 words to maximise the SEO benefits. ...
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Why doesn't searching for the unique name of my website bring the site up in a top position on Google?

I have a website with a unique name, already indexed and with a perfect SEO. Although there are no websites with the same unique name, when I'm searching on Google I found my homepage listed on the ...
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Choosing a domain name with joined words is good for SEO?

I am going to choose a domain name for my business. For that I am going to use joined words in my domain name. For example, let's say my keywords are "painting" and "goa" and also that paintinggoa....
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How to get Google PageRank (from the toolbar) to increase from 0?

I have an issue with the Google PageRank of my site, the PR of this site is 0. I've tried many ways to increase the PR: I submitted the site in webmasters created sitemap.xml filled all meta ...
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Ratio of No-follow & Do-follow Backlinks

I know that when it comes to obtaining backlinks, a no-follow is pretty much worthless. However, does Google (or other major search engines) penalize for sites that have nothing but do-follow links? ...
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What is PageRank and how do I get it?

I've heard Google's algorithm is based on PageRank, and that it has something to do with the links to your site. Can someone explain it, and more importantly, how I can increase my site's PageRank?
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Does the "canonical name" in DNS make any difference to search engines?

Some of our sites are setup with an "a record" to an IP address and some are setup as a cname of a server that then has an "a name" to the same server IP. I want it to be consistent. Which is the ...
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Are penalties applied if you have too many 404 errors on your site?

Do the search engines take the number of 404 errors returned by a site into account when calculating the site rank? For example I have 8,000 404 errors and I am thinking that that's affecting my SEO ...
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SEO consequences for category pages 404-ing

Question, is it ok for one of the pages levels to 404? (SEO-wise) Let's say I have a sitemap like this: example.com --/services --/foo --/bar --/sectors --/my-sector --/another-sector --/...
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Will Google punish me if I import a story from my own blog to content sharing sites such as Medium.com?

I've heard that Google punishes sites with duplicate content. If I write an article on my blog then import it on Medium (basically a copy/paste) will Google regard it as a duplicate? Medium.com is ...
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Is negative SEO fact or fiction

I have read a couple of articles about negative/black SEO. They were explaining that important part of it is creating web sites with "bad" content that "stink" to Google. Back links from these sites ...
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Website logo text - best tag for SEO purposes?

I'm trying to develop a new website in HTML5 adhering to SEO standards where possible and I'm having a little trouble trying to figure out what tag my site name and slogan should live in. Originally ...
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Does Rel=Canonical Pass PR from Links or Just Fix Dup Content

One of the issues with duplicate content is that links can be split across several versions of your page, it was my understanding the a 301 redirect is really the only option for retaining some of the ...
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Domain name benefit in SEO

I have read so many posts here but no one is able to give me satisfied answer. My main question : Is domain name related to my pages content can help me to boost SEO fast? For ex: If I will have ...
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Why won't Google use my meta description? [duplicate]

I have an issue with my website: Google isn’t using my meta description, instead it’s using the content of the web page and I’m really confused. Reason I’m confused is because I have checked and I ...
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Correct way of internationalizing links

I am interested in a correct way to show search engine that the link is a translation of some content to another language. For example: you have some article written in German. So this is original ...
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Moving to another domain loss google search rank

My old A.maindomain.net was hosted on wordpress.com so I decided to move to B.maindomain.com domain and use Google Analytic and wordpress.org instead. Actually, I have prepared test environment to ...
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Local TLD vs. .com and .com/nl vs .nl

I basically have 2 questions about local TLD vs .com. First question: There already exists a website "keyword.nl" with a crappy website, no SEO optimisation. Is it possible for a website "keyword.com"...
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Why is the string "- Ruby Shoo" appearing in the page title of a lot of our google search results?

In the Google Search Results Automatically adding "Ruby Shoo" text. While it is not adding in Meta Title, Description, H1 or Keywords. Please Check and help me to solve this issue. Simply search in ...
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Say a customer is an observant Jew and wants his site to be offline on Shabat - SEO problem?

Someone here might have experience with this problem (it's not my personal problem and never has been): Say you have a customer who is an observant Jew and he wants his site to be offline somehow (or ...
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What are some great tools to use for keyword research?

We've been told SEO is important and that we should conduct keyword research so that we can rank better? What is that and what tools will help me in the process?
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Why, on StackExchange sites, is the post title on the question page a link to itself?

It may look like a question for meta.stackoverflow.com, but I'd like to know if this decision has something to do with SEO or if this improve the user experience somehow. It's a link to the same page ...
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Why is loading speed of a website important for SEO?

I see everywhere on the internet how to optimize loading speed of a website but no one says why it's important for SEO. Inevitably, there are reasons why Google has decided to take this factor into ...
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Order of HTML meta tags

A SEO company suggested we change the order of our HTML meta tags so that <title> and <meta name="description"> are the first two. They say this is to ensure search engines can utilize ...
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Would changing IP addresses affect my SEO

We're about to change our website from a shared hosting account to run on a VPS, mainly so we have our own resources and control over server settings. An IP address is included with the VPS. What I ...
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Which symbol should I use in the title: "|" or "-"?

So there are two way of writing a site's page title: Meow | Photo Magazine or: Meow - Photo Magazine Which one is better (for SEO and for users)?
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Is this a good approach to image Lazy Loading for SEO?

For images loaded via AJAX, or that I don't want indexed, use the data-* attribute approach: <img data-src="path/to/image.jpg" class="js-lazy-load" /> The javascript maps the data-src ...
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What is the consensus on handling pagination in 2019 on big result sets?

According to my research, old methods of consolidating paginated URLs into one are not recommended anymore. Old ways: Using rel=prev/next, but: "Rel=prev/next is not an indexing signal anymore" (...
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How do you evaluate SEO/SEM companies? What are common services/prices? [closed]

Looking for a checklist, or comparison site.
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What is the best way to redirect my naked domain?

I have example.com, which points to web server using A records, I want to redirect all traffic from www.example.com to example.com. As far as i know these are methods, 301 HTML redirect from www to ...
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Subdomains vs. subdirectory – status as of 2012. [duplicate]

This following question by Jeff was in 2010 and I wanted to check how things have changed in the past 2 years. My problem: I run a site with most of the content distributed to subdomains that’s are ...
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Should I redirect the site IP address to the domain name

I have been told by an SEO company to redirect the site IP to the domain using a 301 redirect. This will apparently improve the SEO ranking of the site. The site has a dedicated IP address. Is this ...
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Concerns about moving media files to a CDN and impact on SEO

I'd like to move all my media files to a CDN (Windows Azure is my best choice for now). Two questions : How can I avoid SEO and redirections issues for the previously uploaded media files ? For the ...
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What exactly is a bad backlink that is Disavow worthy?

I have been reading Webmasters SE and many other blogs on this topic but I could not understand how do we truly evaluate a bad link that we must disavow in GWT. Everybody seem to have a different ...
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Should my Title tag be the same as my H1 tag?

I have read that I should make the contents of my <title> and <h1> tags the same. Is that the case or is does Google look at the content of those 2 tags separately?
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Is heading (h1, h2, h3...) font size relevant for SEO?

One of our client's SEO agencies has recently began sending a lot of "shady" requests about what should be changed on our client's web site in order to comply to best SEO practices. We suspect their ...
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Sitemaps & <link rel=... for quad-directional websites

I realize there are many similar questions, but I think this consolidates multiple points of confusion. This question follows from the great advice given here. I have a site that has a separate mobile ...
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What should I do with a ton of alternate domains? Redirect or use landing pages?

We have a ton of alternate domain names. What is the best strategy as far as SEO strategy is concerned? Do we want to 301 redirect them all to our primary domain or set up simple landing pages that ...
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What's the maximum length of the meta keywords tag?

Could you please tell me that what is the maximum length for meta keywords?
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Is there any way to have search engines not index a certain section of a page?

I have Blogger setup with the Blog Archive panel shown on every page so that users can easily get to old posts. The problem is that it lists the title of each page in this panel, meaning that the ...

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